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goldfinger!! mccalls 9464 dress

Added Dec 2, 2012

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






well i’ve had this dress cut out since last november lol, i just never got round to sewing it up. I needed a blinging dress for our zumba xmas party so i decided to sew it uo and hope it looked ok. It was quite a challenge as the suggested fabrics where velvet satin and jersey. i decided to use fishscale fabric, its heavy like chain mail but sparkles like mad. i lost count of how many needles i broke and i had to do quite a bit of hand sewing on this. I’m so happy with this dress and quite a few woman said my dress was the nicest at the do!! very flattering considering there where over a hundred ladies there lol x
. i blinged up my shoes to match as well x

Material Notes

fishscale sequin fabric and beige jersey for the lining




Fall, Winter
Classic, Evening Wear
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins, Velvet

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    Jan 3, 2013, 12.01 PMby ronnielee

    Don’t know how I miss this one Mary?! Who’s trying to outshine who here? love it! I can picture you on the Zumba dance floor busting some great moves. lol

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      Jan 3, 2013, 01.06 PMby Mary Athey

      I might be.the oldest swinger in town but I can,still bust some moves lol x

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    Dec 20, 2012, 06.38 PMby Leila Breton

    Love the dress and matching shoes!

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      Dec 20, 2012, 08.12 PMby Mary Athey

      Many thanks x

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    Dec 7, 2012, 04.59 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Super gorgeous, and it looks wonderful on! You deserve all the compliments – worth all the needles! Love how you did the shoes to match.

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      Dec 8, 2012, 12.23 PMby Mary Athey

      Ah thank you. Thats a.huge.compliment.coming from you xx

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    Dec 4, 2012, 03.43 AMby DarcyRo

    Every needle you broke to get to this result was worth it. This is fabulous and you are wore it well. Now that’s the way to end a Zumba class :)

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      Dec 4, 2012, 06.08 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you. I have.to admit to feeling.so good.wearing.this and.of course the compliments.where nice as well.great zumba.party to xx

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    Dec 3, 2012, 10.01 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    What a fabulous dress! Interesting to read your notes about the fabric – I don’t think I have the patience for a fabric like this.

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      Dec 3, 2012, 11.17 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for your lovely comment. When.i stiched the right sides to.gether it was fine. The main needle breaking.was stiching directly on the sequins. This.is the fabric you see made up into.mega expensive dresse in magazines etc. I must be mad but.i.m thinking of doing a long. Sleeved version.in green lol

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    Dec 3, 2012, 04.40 AMby kisses

    Oh Mary your dress is fab….You must have being the center of attention. Well done

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      Dec 3, 2012, 06.08 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kisses. I have to admit I was proud.to say.i made this. It was a lot.of.work.and.there where a lot of sparkly dresses but none like mine xx

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    Dec 3, 2012, 02.17 AMby poplin

    Talk about late night sewing… with bling! Congratulations. It’s lovely on you, and you look like you enjoyed wearing it, too.

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      Dec 3, 2012, 06.14 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks. I normally.start and fniish a dress on.a saturday to wear out.saturday night lol this.was a bit more.work and.effort but I felt great in it x

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    Dec 2, 2012, 10.18 PMby Irina Schwab

    Superb dress. Funny enough, I finished my glitzy dress this morning, I wondered if everybody else had this problem with the needles. I bought the ball point needle, but I had the same problem. So I decided to sew on top of a thin strip of bias binding!

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      Dec 2, 2012, 10.56 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you.
      The needles nearly drove me insane lol.thanks for the tip on the binding. I actually started.sewing.the dress on.thursday and finished.it.yesterday. Then I wore.it.out last night x

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    Dec 2, 2012, 10.16 PMby loisvolk

    Your dress is lovely. Sometimes the more difficulties we experience in creating, the more we can appreciate the completed results. Enjoy and wear with pride!

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      Dec 2, 2012, 10.50 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I loved wearing.this.xx

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